Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Nicotine inhaler usually comes with patient directions. Read the directions carefully before using this medicine. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

The nicotine inhaler should be used at or above room temperature (60 °F [16 °C]). Cold temperatures decrease the amount of nicotine you inhale.

You should stop smoking completely before you start using this medicine. If you continue to smoke during treatment, you may have an increased risk of nicotine overdose.

Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Remember that it is important to participate in a stop-smoking program during treatment. This may make it easier for you to stop smoking.

Wash the mouthpiece of the inhaler with soap and water regularly after each use.

To decrease the risk of becoming dependent on the nicotine inhaler, your doctor may instruct you to stop treatment gradually. This may be done by keeping track of, and steadily reducing, use of the nicotine inhaler or by setting a planned date for stopping use of the inhaler.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For inhalation dosage form (cartridge):
    • To help you stop smoking:
      • Adults and older teenagers—At first, 6 to 16 cartridges per day for up to twelve weeks. Your dose is gradually reduced over a period of up to twelve weeks.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.